Just days before he'll be enshrined in the Blues Hall of Fame as part of its first induction class, Dan Kelly has been elected to the National Sports Media Association Hall of Fame.
Kelly, who passed away from lung cancer at age 52 in 1989, will be inducted posthumously, as will author Roger Angell, one of four new members of the NSMA Hall of Fame. ESPN's Lee Corso and Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke round out the induction class. The ceremony will be held during the NSMA's awards weekend and national convention from June 24-26, 2003, in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Kelly, the father of current Blues play-by-play announcer John Kelly, was the Blues' play-by-play voice for 21 years. He also broadcast hockey games for the NHL Network, USA Network and several Canadian TV networks.
Kelly already has been honored by the Blues with a banner hanging from the rafters of Enterprise Center. As such, he will be inducted, along with the eight players whose numbers have been retired (Bernie Federko, Bob Gassoff, Brett Hull, Al MacInnis, Bob Plager, Barclay Plager, Chris Pronger and Brian Sutter), original owners Sid Salomon Jr. and Sid Salomon III, and four newly elected individuals -- Red Berenson, Scotty Bowman, Glenn Hall and Garry Unger -- in the inaugural induction ceremony on Friday, Jan. 13, at the Missouri Athletic Club. That ceremony will be live streamed on the Bally Sports app at 8 p.m.